Is there a doctor in the house? The underlying problem which threatens Helston hospital

Posted By on 7th June 2018

7th June 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Health chiefs are considering their options for saving community beds at Helston, as the clock ticks towards a crisis which could close the local…

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  1. There is also the issue of relying on the voluntary services to back up NHS services. Talking to a local volunteer yesterday, she is working willingly 7 days a week, on call 24 hours a day, fund raising to finance essential expenses and way over retirement age herself. She has been involved in this work for decades. I feel that the NHS is off-loading its responsibilities onto these willing volunteers. This sets a dangerous precedent as volunteers have no contracts, they ‘retire’ on illness or other commitments and they are necessarily transitory. This is no way to run a public service.

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